Gardening has become an incredibly popular hobby over the past decade. Did you know that in spring 2014, the number of Americans who did gardening within a 12-month span added up to around 113.5 million? Many people also got into gardening during the pandemic in 2020 as a way to pass the time and give themselves something to focus on. With the increased popularity of gardening, it's no wonder that so many people are looking into this niche and wanting to get started. However, gardening is more than just planting a seed and watering it with your gardening hose until it becomes a plant. Here are some gardening tips that will set you on the right path to becoming a master gardener.
Developing the Garderner's Mindset
One of the most important aspects of gardening doesn't come from your gardening hose or other tools, but rather your mindset. Having the right attitude will help you stick with gardening and enable you to help your plants flourish. A good gardening mindset is one of patience and consistency. Gardening is not a hobby that you'll succeed at in a week's time. It takes months and years to be able to get the full effect that you're looking for. This is why it's important to look at the long term and not the short term when you get started with gardening.
2. Divide and Replant Your Bulbs
Look over your garden to see if there are signs of overcrowding or less-than-perfect growth, and divide and replant those plants. This is also the perfect time to separate out the bulbs that will have formed and transplant them to a different area of the garden. By getting this all done at the same time, you can rest assured that you're giving your plants and bulbs proper “rest” during the winter for a spectacular spring display.
3. Weed for Winter
You may be wondering, 'Why weed in the winter when everything is about to die?' The truth is, by weeding right before winter, you're removing invasive plants that could colonize. Getting rid of these plants before winter gives you an edge. Remember that tarps can help smother those pesky weeds if you can't dig them up. Composting weeds, conversely, may not kill the weeds and could reinfest your garden, so keep weeds out of the compost.
4. Mulch, Mulch, Mulch
Gardeners should know that mulching isn't just for spring. Winter mulching helps reduce water loss for the plants, keeps weeds at bay, and helps with soil erosion. Gardening mulch can also help stabilize temperatures around your plants. This mulch can break down and help add organic material to your garden throughout the year.
5. Keep Everything Hydrated
Just because summer is over doesn't mean you can stop watering your plants. Your lawn in particular needs plenty of hydration to stay healthy, so be sure to water it every two or three weeks as long as it isn't frozen. According to Angi, experts recommend watering your lawn approximately one inch during each watering session.
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